NORMAN — Nothing has gone as planned for Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford this season. So why would his planned press conference Wednesday be any different? Two hours before he was set to make an announcement about his future that was scheduled to be streamed on the university’s Web site and carried live by ESPN, Bradford canceled the press conference. "Sam’s whole situation is he’ll have something to say when he knows what his path will be, and that isn’t right now,” said Sooner coach Bob Stoops, who met with a large media contingent after practice instead of Bradford. "He wasn’t ready to fully answer everything that will want to be asked. And for sure knows what he wants to do just yet, until he visits with a few more people.” Before it was canceled, all signs pointed to Bradford announcing he was going to have season-ending surgery after he re-aggravated his separated throwing shoulder against Texas last weekend. One report even surfaced that Bradford had made up his mind on surgery. Instead, Bradford’s status will remain in limbo, at least for another day. "What’s going to happen a week from now, three weeks from now, I don’t know,” said quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, who also spoke Wednesday. "We’ll have to see as we go down the road.” Neither Stoops nor Heupel agreed to confirm specifically why the press conference was canceled, though Stoops admitted it was Bradford’s decision alone to call the press conference and then to cancel it. Stoops noted that Bradford wants "more time to gather more information.” But it’s unclear if Bradford is holding onto hope of playing again this season, or if he needs further evaluation on his shoulder before having it operated on for insurance purposes, or what. Either way, this is not the kind of speculation anyone envisioned for Bradford after he announced in the winter he was putting off the NFL Draft — despite being a potential top 10 pick — to return for his junior year of college. Six games into the season, the speculation was supposed to be about Bradford’s chances of winning a second Heisman Trophy and his Sooners returning to the BCS National Championship. "It’s extremely difficult for him, coming back for the right reasons,” Heupel said. "Wanting to have an opportunity to compete for a championship. "There was a lot of hard work that went into that, so to have it taken away from you when you invest that much, it’s going to be very disappointing.” But nobody appears ready to turn the page just yet on one of the finest careers in OU football history. Even if Bradford never plays another down for the Sooners, he’ll own school records for career passing touchdowns, career passing yards and career passing efficiency and a host of other single-game and single-season OU marks. So while redshirt freshman Landry Jones prepares for his fourth career start at quarterback Saturday in a pivotal game for the 3-3 Sooners at Kansas, Sooner Nation will continue to wonder. Waiting for Bradford to announce his next move. Said Stoops, "Once he feels he’s ready to and knows for sure what he wants to do. ... he will.
Oklahoma at No. 25 Kansas→When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday →Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kan. →TV: ABC (Cox 8) →Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7